We wanted to live in a rural village
Why did you move to Marden?
My Husband and I moved to Marden in 1991, we wanted to live in a rural village where we could keep my horses and other animals - we have a love for the countryside and always dreamt of having a farm or at least a small holding. In Marden we were able to realise this dream , despite having to commute to London to work each day to be able to afford to make it happen. We worked evenings and weekends to create our dream home.
What is it you love about it the village?
We love Marden because there is a friendly community here. People in the shops and services recognise you. Sadly the roads are now too busy for us to ride the horses on anymore so we are confined to our own land. there was a time when we could go out for a ride around the lanes and would only see a handful of cars per hour! The lanes are no bigger or better than they were in those days and are now dangerously over-busy with many large lorries as well as cars.
What are your connections to the area?
We have put down deep roots here. our children went to the village school and other local schools, many of our friends are based here, we have invested a lot of voluntary time in local clubs and activities.
And why are you so worried about the plans?
The character of the village has be challenged by adding 500 - 600 new houses but in the name of progress we understand that some houses are needed, however there seems little point in destroying a village and building on acres of prime farmland.
There are many brown field sites that should be used before farm land is built on. There will be a genuine challenge to grow enough food in the coming years; prime farm land in the South East has the ability to yield high levels of crops and should be fiercely preserved. There are, for instance, acres of land at Yalding on the old ICI site that lies unused. There is obviously a cleanup cost in developing brownfield sites but reports indicate that the developer’s Board are paid millions and frankly the only reason that Marden has been targeted is because it will be easy for the landowners and developers to make huge amount of money very easily.
There simply is no other reason to chose Marden over other sites.
We have seen that the council have not insisted in more infrastructure investment by the developers from the developments that have already happened: the school is overflowing, as are the sewers, the roads are busier with more potholes, its harder to get appointments at the Doctors, there are insufficient telephone lines (cable) to name but a few things.
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